U.K. CHAINS' SALES MIXED

LONDON (FNS) -- One struggling U.K. retailer reported improved sales for the final weeks of 1999, while another saw sales continue their decline, as competition in the British retail sector grows yet more intense in the wake of last year's acquisition of Asda, Leeds, England, the United Kingdom's third-largest retailer, by Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark.tomer traffic as well as strong demand over

LONDON (FNS) -- One struggling U.K. retailer reported improved sales for the final weeks of 1999, while another saw sales continue their decline, as competition in the British retail sector grows yet more intense in the wake of last year's acquisition of Asda, Leeds, England, the United Kingdom's third-largest retailer, by Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark.

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